Sketch Plugin

With the Crowdin plugin for Sketch, you can use texts from Crowdin in your designs to save time for both designers and developers. These could include original or translated texts. If necessary, you can add new ones (e.g., dialog titles, button labels) and send them to translators in Crowdin.

Use Cases

  • Quickly generate multilingual creative assets.
  • Translate mockups and test them in different languages before the programming starts.
  • Stop using ‘Lorem Ipsum’, add real texts from Crowdin to your prototypes instead.
  • Create and upload source strings from your designs to your Crowdin project. This way, uploaded strings could be used by developers, which reduces time spent on development.
  • Upload tagged screenshots to your Crowdin project.

Installing Crowdin plugin for Sketch

You can download the latest release from our GitHub repository.

  1. Download the installation file.
  2. Unzip it.
  3. Double-click on the sketch-crowdin.sketchplugin file for auto installation.

Crowdin plugin for Sketch can also be installed with Sketch Runner.

Connecting Sketch with Crowdin Account

Setting up Crowdin Credentials

To specify your Crowdin credentials in Sketch, follow these steps:

  1. Click Plugins > Crowdin.
  2. Switch to Settings.
  3. Provide your Personal Access Token.
  4. Click Connect to Crowdin. Sketch Plugin Connect to Crowdin

To generate a new token in Crowdin, follow these steps:

  • Go to Account Settings > API tab, Personal Access Tokens section, and click New Token.
  • Specify Token Name and click Create. Crowdin Personal Access Token

Selecting Crowdin Project

To select the project you’d like to work with, click the Select Project drop-down menu in Settings, and select a project from the list. Later on, you can use the same drop-down menu to switch to another project if needed. Additionally, you can select the specific branch your content will be uploaded to.
Sketch Plugin Selecting Crowdin Project

UI Localization

Use the Strings tab when localizing UI and working on dynamic pages with your development and marketing teams. In this tab, you can add source strings from Crowdin to your designs in Sketch in a click. After the texts are used in the designs, you can automatically upload tagged screenshots for translators’ reference back to Crowdin.

Using Source Strings from Crowdin in Sketch

  1. Open the Crowdin plugin for Sketch.
  2. In the Strings tab, use the Search field to find the specific copy. You can search strings by source text, string identifier, or context.
  3. Select the text layer you want to add text to and click on the needed string. Sketch Plugin Using Source Strings from Crowdin in Sketch

After using the source strings from Crowdin in your designs, you can preview translations for these strings in Sketch and upload screenshots for them to your Crowdin project.

Adding Source Strings from Sketch to Crowdin

You can add the strings that are already used in the designs or create and add completely new strings.

  1. Open the Crowdin plugin for Sketch.
  2. To add the strings used in the designs, select the whole artboard, multiple artboards, or the needed string(s) on the artboards. Alternatively, skip this step if you want to add a new string.
  3. In the Strings tab, click Add String.
  4. In the appeared dialog, fill in the required fields.
  5. (Optional) To add labels to the strings, alternately select them from the Label drop-down menu and click Save.
    Sketch Plugin Add String

To add the same string(s) into multiple files in Crowdin, alternately select the needed files from the File drop-down menu.

Sketch Plugin Add String To Multiple Files

If some artboards contain hidden elements that should not be added to Crowdin, clear the Push hidden elements option.

Added strings will be transferred to your Crowdin project and also will be displayed in the list of the Strings tab. You can edit or delete the strings from the same list anytime. The respective changes will also be applied to the strings in your Crowdin project.

Key Naming Pattern Settings

To simplify adding strings from Sketch to the Crowdin project, you can set up the desired key naming pattern for the source string identifiers in the plugin settings. The Crowdin plugin for Sketch will suggest the string identifiers for new strings based on the selected pattern. While adding new source strings, you can always edit the suggested identifier to the preferred look.

To select the key naming pattern, follow these steps:

  1. Open the Crowdin plugin for Sketch.
  2. Switch to Settings.
  3. In the Key naming pattern section, select the preferred option from the drop-down menu.

Uploading Tagged Screenshots to Crowdin

  1. Open the Crowdin plugin for Sketch.
  2. In the Strings tab, use texts from the Crowdin project in your designs. Click Upload Screenshots to upload screenshots of the artboards that include the used texts.
  3. To update screenshots on Crowdin, click Upload Screenshots again. Sketch Plugin Upload Screenshots

To learn more, read the article Screenshots.

Previewing Strings

Preview translations from Crowdin for the strings used in the designs in Sketch. You can preview translations in the new frames or the original ones. When previewing translations in the new frames, you can populate them with the actual translations or with string keys for further use by developers.

To preview strings populated with translations, follow these steps:

  1. Open the Crowdin plugin for Sketch.
  2. In the Strings tab, Preview Strings section, select Preview in duplicated artboards or Preview in the current artboards.
  3. Select Create with language.
  4. Select the target language you want to preview translations for. You can also choose All languages.
  5. Choose the content you want to preview in Sketch. Select Page or Artboard.
    Sketch Plugin Preview Strings

To preview strings populated with key names, follow these steps:

  1. Open the Crowdin plugin for Sketch.
  2. In the Strings tab, Preview Strings section, select Preview in duplicated artboards.
  3. Select Create with key names.
  4. Choose the content you want to preview in Sketch. Select Page or Artboard.
    Sketch Plugin Preview Keys

Marketing Visuals Localization

Use the Translation tab to localize static pages, like brochures and banners. In this tab, you can send texts with context for translators to Crowdin and upload translated copies back to Sketch.

Sending Texts for Translation to Crowdin

You can send text for translation either from selected or all artboards from a Sketch file. Translators will work with those texts in the list view and use designs as an additional context for even higher translation quality.

In Crowdin, a root folder Sketch plugin will be created. It will contain a subfolder named after your Sketch file with HTML files for each artboard inside. If needed, you can disable content segmentation in the plugin Settings so the long texts will not be split into sentences.

To send Sketch designs for translation, follow these steps:

  1. Open the necessary Sketch file.
  2. Go to Plugins > Crowdin.
  3. In the Translation tab, Send Texts section, select content you’d like to translate. Select Page or Artboard. Sketch Plugin Send Texts

When the source files are uploaded to your Crowdin project, you can invite contributors to translate and proofread them.

Read more about translation strategies.

Uploading Translations from Crowdin to Sketch

You can synchronize texts between Sketch and Crowdin projects whenever you want to test the translated copy inside Sketch or generate multilingual assets.

To upload translated copies to Sketch, follow these steps:

  1. Open the necessary Sketch file.
  2. Go to Plugins > Crowdin.
  3. In the Translation tab, Get Translations section, select the target language you want to upload translations for. You can also Select All languages.
  4. Select the content you want to preview in Sketch. Select Page or Artboard. Sketch Plugin Get Translations

After uploading translations to Sketch, the modified file will contain a separate artboard with translations for each target language. The newly uploaded translated versions won’t override the ones you uploaded previously. You can always delete the translated copies you no longer need. Sketch Plugin Uploaded Translations

If you’d like the newly uploaded translated versions to override the previously uploaded ones, open the plugin Settings and select Override existing translations.

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